Carlisle B. Grisham was born April 28, l893, and was the second son
of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Jackson Grisham. The first son died in infancy,
so Carlisle was elected to a place of importance and was the pride
of his parents. Even as a little boy he loved children and found
great joy in being elder brother to his own little sisters and
brothers. They looked upon him as an authority in all matters
important to children and the esteem grew with the years and to them
there was no one quite like "Bubber". He taught his young hopefuls
how to swim, ride horseback and to do many daring feats. His
playground was a Mecca for the children in the neighborhood. Early
characteristics showed development of sportsmanship, leadership and
an insatiable desire to play pranks and jokes proving his inherited
sense of humor and wit. This very same love of fun cost him his
Carlisle grew into splendid young manhood, achieving every success
scholastically, winning several debating medals and honors in
athletics at Green University from which he was graduated.
In the summer months he worked hard clearing land for his father,
and developed his brawn as well as his brain and when he entered the
University of Alabama he was very tall, impressive, handsome
student. He was interested in medicine and was deterŽmined to get
his M. D. degree. He was in his junior year in Medical School when
he was called upon to give his services to his country. He was
stationed at Fort Clark, Texas prior to being transferred to France.
His Mother and Father surprised him with a visit shortly before he
sailed and this memory will always be a happy one for them, although
the sadness of that last goodbye confuses the bitter with the sweet.
Carlisle was placed in the Medical Department because of his
training and efficiency and during his service in France he occupied
a very precarious position between the firing lines where [he] often
administered to the needs of the wounded on battlefield. His letters
were always cheerful but like all good soldiers his ultimate goal
was a reunion with those he loved in the place he called Home. As
the war drew to a close he felt blessed because he had been spared
the misfortune of physical handiŽcap and felt only the weariness of
Later Carlisle was transferred to Germany and was given guard duty
as a relief. He and one of his closest friends were at their post
one day and their spirits were soaring because the long dreamed of
day was soon to become a reality. In this mood of exultation
Carlisle's friend displayed a box of cigars he had received from the
States and as they wrestled over them the "unloaded" gun used to
guard prisoners was discharged. Carlisle was rushed to the hospital
for an operation but never regained consciousness. Only the deepest
sympathy was felt for the prostrated soldier who had lost the
companionship of another true soldier. Through the years the letters
of Robert Griffin of Camden, N. J. to the Grisham family have been
but mute evidence of the place Carlisle held in the hearts of his
Carlisle's body was brought to Athens a year later and full military
honors directed by soldiers of Limestone County were only symbolic
of their deeper feelings.
In his 26th year taps were sounded for Carlisle B. Grisham, but in
the inscription on his Tombstone we find consolation.
"HIS TOILS ARE PAST. HIS WORK IS DONE.
HE FOUGHT THE FIGHT, THE VICTORY WON."
Written by Miss Rebecca Grisham (Sister)